Francia Raísa Said No One "Forced" Her To Donate A Kidney To Selena Gomez, And Shared What It's Been Like Living With One Kidney

    "It came out of the genuine kindness of my heart."

    Last week, Selena Gomez wished Francia Raísa a happy birthday on Instagram, which is noteworthy because the well wishes came after some alleged "beef" between the two.

    As a refresher, back in 2017, Selena revealed that Francia had donated a kidney to her, which is why fans (and seemingly Francia, too) found the slight to be hurtful. At the time, Selena told Today, "My kidneys were just done. That was it. I didn't want to ask a single person in my life, and that was the day I came home when I found out, and she volunteered and did it."

    This week, Francia appeared on the Good Guys podcast (hosted by Josh Peck and Ben Soffer), and the whole situation with Selena came up because of the recent press cycle.

    Francia on the podcast

    "You know, whenever I thought about my name being in the press, I never thought about it like this," she explained when asked how it felt to have her name in the news. "I always thought about it from an actor's perspective. That's what I pictured."

    Closeup of Francia

    "I know that she and I went public with our situation years ago, and honestly, we had to," Francia continued, before sharing more details about the original decision to donate her kidney. "The press got ahold of the story, and we wanted to tell it."

    Closeup of Selena and Francia

    "I've said this before, I felt it in my heart...I knew I was a match, I knew it was going to happen. No one forced me to do anything. It came out of the genuine kindness of my heart. And I've been super blessed ever since."

    Selena and Francia hugging

    Later in the interview, Josh asked Francia about the procedure itself and her mental state going into the whole thing. "I was so calm, I had this crazy calmness. It was wild," she explained. "The tests were a lot, it was hard. But the entire time, I was just like, I just feel like I have to do this. The minute I found out we were a match, I was like, yeah, this is happening."

    Francia and Selena at an event in 2014

    She also explained how her body reacted to the surgery and how she's felt since. "I lost something that my body didn't need to lose, so your body ultimately goes into shock," she said. "I'm still working on that, I didn't do the proper things I probably should have done afterwards so I still feel a little bit of it."

    One thing she's gained from going through the surgery is that she's now able to be a support system to anyone else who's about to undergo a similar procedure. "That's the cool thing about this whole experience, I actually do talk to a lot of people before they go into surgery," she said. "I now have knowledge about this, and I'm a walking success story. I feel better than I did before. I actually take care of myself better than I did before. I'm in the best shape I've ever been in."

    "It's so easy to live with one [kidney], I'm so happy. There's no beef, just salsa."

    Francia holding up her salsa